Helen “Nellie” Drew

Professor of Practice in Sports Law, University at Buffalo School of Law

Helen A. “Nellie” Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. Drew is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.

A native Western New Yorker, Drew is a lifelong Bills, Sabres and Bulls fan. While attending the School of Law, she developed an independent study research project on alternative dispute resolution in the NHL with Gerry Meehan ‘82 who was in-house counsel with the Sabres. Drew was instrumental in negotiating and drafting contracts for Pat LaFontaine, Dominik Hasek and Alexander Mogilny, among others. She was also part of the legal team that handled numerous NHL transactions, including the Anaheim MIghty Ducks, the Ottawa Senators, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks.


Twitter- @UBSchoolofLaw

Past Appearances

Knowledge @Wharton: October 13, 2015

Host Dan Loney is joined by Helen “Nellie” Drew (Professor of Practice in Sports Law, University at Buffalo School of Law), Julia Pimsleur (Founder & Chief Empowerista, Million Dollar Women), Elise Gould (Senior Economist, EPI), R. Polk Wagner (Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School), Marc Edelman (Associate Professor of Law; Forbes Contributor, City University of New York), and Gerard Stegmaier (Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP) on the Tuesday, October 13, 2015 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015


On Wharton Business Radio

Knowledge@Wharton: March 12, 2019 Episode Featured ImageKnowledge@Wharton: March 12, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Marc Lesser (CEO, Author, Zen Teacher), Richard Prisinzano (Senior Economist, Penn Wharton Budget Model), James Simmons (Professor of Aviation and Aerospace Science, Metropolitan State University of Denver), Kenneth Button (Professor of Public Policy, George Mason School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs), Helen “Nellie” Drew (Professor of Practice in Sports Law, University at Buffalo School of Law), Roger Clark (Founding Member and Managing Partner; Visiting Professor, The Clark Law Group; Rutgers Law School Camden), Michael Knoll (Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law & Professor of Real Estate; Co-Director, Deputy Dean of Center for Tax Law and Policy, University Of Pennsylvania, Penn Law), and Ken Shropshire (Wharton Professor Emeritus; CEO of the Global Sport Institute, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, March 12, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

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